4 Elements

Jiska Rickels Long documentary - 2006 - 89 min.

Gouden Kalf-nominatie

Beste Geluid Tom Bijnen

Beste Lange Documentaire Jiska Rickels

Andere prijzen

Kristallen Film (10.000 bezoekers documentaire)

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The four primordial elements Fire, Water, Earth and Air each symbolise a different aspect of life. To documentary filmmaker Jiska Rickels, they were the source of inspiration for 4 Elements, a four-part film about man's struggle with nature. In Fire, Siberian fire fighters defy forest fires spreading across hundreds of hectares. Water introduces fishermen in the Bering Sea, imperilling their lives to catch the exclusive king crab. Earth revolves around German miners daily descending 1200 metres into the earth. And Air follows Russian cosmonauts in their confrontation with the most extreme physical tests. Elaborating on her successful short film Untertage, Rickels immersed herself in four close-knit men's communities, where women are absent and camaraderie is strong. Hardly any words are spoken, there is no voice-over and the filmmaker does not interview anybody. Visual poetry - with a keen eye to detail - naturally blends with characteristic ambient sounds. The film was awarded as a Crystal Film.


Director(s) Jiska Rickels
Producer(s) San Fu Maltha
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Director of Photography
Kristian Claas
Sound Design
Sound on Set
Jillis Molenaar
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